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hiking
1 day ago

Upon arriving at the camp ground I was confused as to parking and where the trail was so I parked back down the road in an open field where 2N13A starts which took us around the camp ground. Once we got to where 2N13D split I noticed the route though the camp ground so we took that on the way back and it all made sense. The hike was easy going with beautiful views all around. We saw to deer ahead of us cross our path. There were also lots of birds and chipmunks. Toward the end the climb became rocky and we exerted more energy in our climb. Upon arriving at the peak we were rewarded with views of lakes, a ski area, and the other peaks in the area. We sat and enjoyed our snacks and then took in the view a little more before heading back down. One thing I really liked was being the only ones on that trail. When we started we passed a man and his dog and on our near the end we passed three young men who were just starting their hike. It was so peaceful and quiet. On our way out we drove through Big Bear and they had a popular hiking trail by the road that had tons of people coming and going. I was so happy with our choice.

hiking
5 days ago

Great views and it helped having trees for shade when we needed it. We got up partial way in our car and hiked the rest. Volunteer rangers at the top were really friendly and loved talking about the terrain. I highly recommend this hike.

love this trail. I've both hiked and MTB it

off road driving
19 days ago

Super easy trail. Don’t even need 4wd. Just a standard truck with decent ground clearance can make it through if you keep the momentum going on the longer rocky parts.

off road driving
21 days ago

Very easy trail with nice views. 4wd not necessary.

hiking
23 days ago

Back your car into an open space near the sign for Green Valley Campground and walk through the campground. There are several restrooms at the campground and the trail head is at the far end of the campground past the closed rd sign. At the first fork stay to the trail on the far right to 2N13A. Take that trail all the way to the peak. The last mile or so was covered in shale and kid of slippery especially on the way back down. It takes a bit of a rock scramble to get to the actual peak and there were plenty of angry red ants near the top so be careful where you sit. There were also a lot of gnats in the morning and a fair amount of shade. Not some much shade or as many gnats on the way back down. You can see Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake at the top and there are some other pretty views along the way. Counting the walk through the campground and on the closed rd to the trailhead we clocked about 8 miles to the peak.

off road driving
29 days ago

Awesome trail for beginners! Made it up no problem with stock 4x4 4Runner with all terrain tires. The volunteer at the tower said rains from a couple weeks ago rutted our the trail more than usual. Great viewpoints and so glad we checked it out while in big bear. Trail can get tight and by all the reviews seems it is pretty popular. Luckily we didn’t see one person going either way on a early Friday morning.

Great trail with great views! Also take it slow around the sharp turns since it gets pretty narrow

My first 14er, the challenging hike was worth the views !

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Wasn’t able to make it the whole way because of a large thunderstorm.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy gradual incline. Great views through different types of terrain. Tracked my hike at 7.0 miles

Nice but more of a road than a trail for the majority of the distance. Not terribly well marked and easy to get off on an alternate route. The last 1/4 to 1/2 mike is very steep.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed today, 4th July! Repeat to all reviews. Hot. Drank 3 Liters out. Wore good Light weight pants an sun shirt. Really help with all the thorns snags and biting things. One 4’ king snake. Great training hike.
Hike out no joke.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike that is 7 miles with a gradual uphill climb. Great for a morning or late afternoon. Also kid friendly if your kids have been out hiking a few times.

Excellent hike from the base gate up.
Take the time and talk with the volunteers in the tower. They have a lot of great area information and can point out some great sites to see.

Definitely a “moderate”, not an “easy”. Dirt road to access was fine in our regular car as we took it slow, a lot of potholes but they weren’t too deep. Parked on a small pull out just before PCT. Really nice trail but a lot of steep climbing on a dirt road (especially near the top). The PCT options made it much nicer lower down. 4miles rt.

Love this trail.. JKU 3.5” lift with 35’s no lockers

hiking
2 months ago

Just did Butler Peak this morning. Very beautiful hike all the way up to the peak. Nice gradual climb, nothing too crazy. Once you're up, amazing views of Arrowhead, Big bear, Snow valley, and the High desert.

hiking
2 months ago

The views and scenery on this trail are top notch; you won't be disappointed. We started it in the late afternoon and came down at sunset; the conditions were perfect. It ended up being around 7.2 miles for us, not 6.4 as this listing shows.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate to Difficult. Took me an hour and 45 minutes, but we'll worth the views at the end.

it's everything you'd expect from Big Bear fresh air pines swaying clear skies and Epic views of BB lake... they say thiers 300 days a year of Sunshine Up here its true, love this part of my World

2 months ago

Did Gray's Peak this morning. it's currently open for the season, it opened during the memorial day weekend. it's a great 7.5 mile round trip hike and I definitely recommend. It's a moderate to difficult hike with a lot of shade. located in Fawnskin (north of big bear lake)

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike and great views at the top. Stay on the dirt road 2N13D and take it to the top that way. Much easier than the original recording and I parked .3 miles before the begining of 2N13D and it came out to over 7 miles with 1500 ft elevation gain (a lot of which is in the last mile to the top)

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very solid hike in the dry Southern California Mountains. We did the Exploration Trail from the TH near Hwy 18 going uphill one way to the intersection of Keller Peak Rd. and the Exploration Trail ending point . It was a car shuttle (one car at the bottom, and the other near "Children's Forest"). We then drove to the top of Keller peak for some additional views. Note - the road gets very narrow from Children's Forest to the top of Keller Peak, though worth doing once. Avoid the drive on weekends. The 3,500 ft drop-off to the southwest near the top is impressive in spots. We saw no hiking trails there independent of the paved road, i.e., if your hiking to the top, your on the paved roads from Children's Forest to the top pretty much. Your welcome to climb the final fire outlook station once your at Keller Peak if personal is there (they are usually there). Our hike was just 4 miles long with 1440 ft elevation gain one way. Nicely kept trail, nothing "ledgy", and hard to go wrong. More Mountain bikes than hikers though. Some variety in scenery. Note - to go from "Children's Forest" to the peak, there is no clear trails to avoid the road, at least on the southern side, and we were looking for them, regardless of tracks on alltrails.

This is a narrow trail up a decomposed granite ridge to a nice secluded lookout point. Since the DG can be loose and the trail steep, wear appropriate shoes. Bring lots of water - there are no facilities or fountains at the trail head, lookout or along the way.

Much of the trail is sunny, but there are frequent shady patches to cool down and catch your breath.

Some recordings for this trail start at the end of the paved road, but there is space to park at the trail head along the unpaved Radford Truck Trail. This is the dirt road where the sign indicated “to big bear”, and another sign indicated a helipad.

Driving or hiking along the truck trail, continue straight through any intersection or junction. Look for overhead utilities and a fire usage restriction sign - the trail head is on the left. There is room for two or three cars to park off the road.

Total elevation gain over the 3 miles to the lookout was about 2000 ft from the trail head - not including the truck trail.

The view is primarily southward towards San Gorgonio and sometimes westward. It keeps getting better and better the higher you climb.

Once you reach the Skyline trail, follow signs towards Knotty Pine / Grandview.

very hard trail over grown shrubs and trees on trail .. you better be in good shape if you do this its a true but kicker .. last thought watch out for ticks i got one

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing views!! road is currently blocked so looking at around a 6-7 mile hike up then back down. Not for the faint hearted but absolutely worth it! incredible views and got it all to ourselves it was perfect.

hiking
4 months ago

Honestly this is one of my favorite hikes around Big Bear. Went up yesterday, about 10 miles. Parked at the blocked gate at the end of Rim of the World rd for free. Beautiful views, well maintained fire lookout. Chilly and windy up top but SO worth the view! Still some snow on the trail but won’t last long.

hiking
4 months ago

Keller Peak, The Children's Forest, and The Exploration Trail, all seem to be the same trail. It's always lovely, peaceful, and scenic. Like everywhere in SoCal, it gets crowded at about 11am or noon. Mountain Bikers show up about that time, and that's when I usually leave. get there early.

off road driving
5 months ago

I was hoping Jacoby would be open as its a fun trail, but like someone else said, it's now gated off at the top by the Transfer Station and Doble Mine. Sucks, that was one of my favorite trails too...

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